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2018 Vin Gris de Cigare
Wine Specs
38.5% Grenache, 30.5% Grenache Blanc, 12.5% Carignane, 10% Cinsaut 6% Mourvèdre, 2% Picpoul, 0.5% Vermentino
Central Coast
Vineyard Designation
16% Bokisch, 14% Loma del Rio, 13% Beeswax, 12% Gonsalves, 12% Rancho Solo, 7% Alta Loma, 6% Kiler Canyon, 6% Mesa Verde, 5% Vista Serrano, 5% Nevarez, 4% Scheid
4.7 g/L
Drink now through 2021
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The Tasting Panel

2018 Vin Gris de Cigare

Pink Wine of the Earth

91 points - Vinous

The new Vin Gris de Cigare has landed!

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Wine Profile
Tasting Notes
In appearance, almost Cate Blanchettish in its pale elegance, a beautiful subtle salmon color (the wine, not Cate). On the nose, subtle suggestions of rose hips, linden flower, black currant as well as a slightly toastiness (methinks perhaps due to the extended bâtonnage and lees contact). On the palate, wonderful bracing natural acidity, good weight and comforting viscosity. Some discreet floral and fruity suggestions, (mostly ribes with background black-cherry notes). Let us presently offer a simple prayer: While virtually all of the ’18 vintage Vin Gris will be consumed within a year of purchase, may there be a few smart cookies who put the wine aside for several years to see it reach its full potential (and will be enormously well rewarded for doing so).
Vinous - 91 Points: "Extremely pale pink. Incisive red berry and citrus pith qualities on the nose, along with suave floral, spice and mineral flourishes. Lithe and sharply focused on the palate, offering tangy strawberry, red currant and orange zest flavors and a touch of honeysuckle. Finishes dry and taut, with resonating florality and persistent red berry and mineral notes. This wine's blend of depth and finesse is pretty impressive, especially in light of its price." — Josh Raynolds, Aug. 2019
Vineyard Notes
The Grenache for our Vin Gris came in large part from bespoke sections of the Alta Loma Vineyard, a cool climate site in the Arroyo Seco region of Monterey County that gives us grapes with a distinctive black currant character. The Carignane, responsible for the fundament of the wine, derived from very old vines from Antioch in Contra Costa County. A substantial percentage of the wine is composed of the elegant Grenache Blanc variety, adding a lovely richness and foundation to the ’18 vintage. The Cinsaut,... ah, a delicate cherry top note. We also employed the practice of post-fermentation bâtonnage—the stirring or re-suspension of yeast lees—to give the wine a certain creaminess of texture.
18,000 cases
Other Notes
Ingredients: Grapes, tartaric acid, and sulfur dioxide. In the winemaking process, the following were utilized: yeast, yeast nutrients, and bentonite.